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Barefoot Running Shoes Review

Updated on July 25, 2013

You will love Vibram Fivefingers for the style and the fit!

I’ve seen these shoes on many different people. Usually at the gym or someone out running and thought they were kind of interesting. But I wanted to know what made these shoes so special.

They were designed by Robert Fliri, an industrial designer. He took his idea to Vibram which is a shoe company that has been around since 1935. The founder of the company, Vitale Bramani, was the first to invent rubber soles for mountaineering boots back in 1935.

What started out as an idea has quickly become the barefoot revolution! The first barefoot shoe has given to Tony Post who was a collegiate runner. It seemed he had knee pain when he was running and this shoe helped relieve his problem.

The idea of the shoe is that you have a more natural way of running that allows the foot to work in a way that can strengthen both the foot and the leg.

Ladies Bikila Running Shoes

Vibram Fivefingers shoes can help to stimulate the muscles in feet and lower legs which help to improve balance and make for stronger feet. Many people use them for training and running although they can be used for many other activities as well.

Here is what one happy customer had to say about these shoes: "They are light, comfortable and cool looking. My grandkids say I have my Avatar shoes on. I have bunions, and these keep my big toe from bending in toward my others."

Mens Bikila Running Shoes

This Vibram Fivefingers men's shoe is designed to be breathable as well as odor resistant. These shoes are designed to be anatomically correct while giving great protection. As well the shoe is comfortable to wear and offers cushioning in the areas needed to protect the foot when running.

Here is what one happy customer had to say about these shoes: "I purchased these shoes for free running and they work exactly how I wanted them to. The grip is great and they help strengthen your ankles and lower back if you wear them all the time. A great buy, just make sure you measure your feet and get the right size."

Vibram Five Fingers Video

So What is So Great About Vibram Fivefingers Shoes?

Humans walked or ran barefoot long before the invention of shoes! Today scientists have found that those who run barefoot use their foot differently. We tend to use of the ball of the foot rather than the heel when barefoot. This can save a lot of impact on our body and as a result less pain.

According to Daniel E. Lieberman, professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University, "people who don't wear shoes when they run have an astonishingly different strike. By landing on the middle or front of the foot, barefoot runners have almost no impact collision, much less than most shod runners generate when they heel-strike."

These shoes work differently on your foot than a regular shoe and so some conditioning should take place first. If you over work your foot in these shoes you can get Achilles tendonitis or other inflammation and even fractures in the small bones of the foot. The best way to get use to the shoe is to take it slowly. If you are a runner trying walking in them for a while first and then start running when your feet are stronger.

How to Care for Your Vibram FiveFingers Shoe
These shoes are machine washable using a gentle, warm water cycle. Hang them up to dry but not in direct sunlight or near a heater.

Other Barefoot Running Shoes

Although Vibram is the most popular barefoot running shoe there are also other brands including Fila. These shoes are great to wear for anyone who is looking for a "barefoot-style" of running. They are extremely lightweight and can be used on pavement or trails.

The Fila running shoes have four toes as the last two toes of each foot are grouped together giving your toes more protection.

One customer mentioned the following: "Word of caution, buy toe socks to go with them and be sure to invest in a good foot powder. If you don't, you will be getting noticed for the sweaty foot odors emanating from your feet!"

Tips for Marathon and Distance Running in Vibram Five Fingers


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